Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am pleased to speak on the Honorary Justices Bill 2014. I am sure I echo the sentiments of everyone in this chamber and indeed in the Parliament in expressing appreciation for the work done in Victoria by honorary justices: justices of the peace and bail justices.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Peter Walsh. It is in regard to the revision of the code of practice for the operation of breeding and rearing businesses, revision no. 1, under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which was published in the Government Gazette on 11 April.
As the minister is aware, this code has caused great consternation amongst animal welfare organisations such as Oscar's Law, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society and others, as well as the general public, because people want to see an end to cruel practices and the exploitation of animals in pet breeding establishments. Thousands of people participated in good faith and made submissions on the revision of the code.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Assistant Treasurer:
In relation to his responsibility as Minister for WorkSafe, what action has been taken by WorkSafe Victoria to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services):
What action has been taken by Victoria Police to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services):
What action has been taken by the Department of Human Services to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, expressed surprise at the defeat of the Jury Directions Amendment Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly last night. The bill was voted down by the Opposition and Geoff Shaw because the government forced it to a vote when there had been no debate on the proposed laws.
Viva Delspec, a 7yo bay gelding (male) was put down after suffering a knee injury at Warrnambool yesterday at only the second race of the 2014 Victorian Jumps Racing season which runs until 28 September.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is dismayed that yet another horse has been killed in a jumps race and is calling again on the government to ban this cruel and barbaric ‘sport.’
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Thank you, President. Because you had your head down you did not see me stand up. I want to make some remarks on behalf of the Greens. The sessional order that was rushed into this place by Mr Davis earlier this year was not supported by us because we thought it would result in shambolic and haphazard occurrences, of which I think this is one, and absurdities such as calling this an urgent bill when clearly it is not. I outlined at that time what an urgent bill is -- one that is needed to fix an urgent problem of governance in the state of Victoria -- and this bill does not fit into that category.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith. It concerns the proposed use of the Rosebud foreshore reserve for the location of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre. I first raised this with the minister on 16 August 2012, and Mr Scheffer has also raised it a number of times. When I first raised this matter I pointed out to the minister that I took issue with the basis on which he had granted coastal consent for the use of the Rosebud foreshore and I asked him to publicly explain that consent, given that the then Department of Sustainability and Environment had consistently advised against such use as it would be inconsistent with the Victorian coastal strategy.